Bill Radke

Host, KUOW's Morning Newsmagazine

Bill Radke hosts KUOW's morning newsmagazine — as he did 20 years ago! Bill was KUOW's morning host in the '90s, and then he created Rewind, a news-satire show heard on KUOW and nationwide on NPR. Next, Bill moved away to Southern California to host American Public Media's Weekend America and Marketplace Morning Report. He returned to Seattle in 2010, hosting on KIRO-FM for two years. And now he's back home.

When Bill isn't on the air he's a keynote speaker, husband of Sara and daddy of three.

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Elections
2:44 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Is Class Size That Important In Education?

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Ross Reynolds talks with Diane Schanzenbach, associate professor of human development and social policy at Northwestern University, about what research says about the efficacy of class size in education. 

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Radke In The Morning
9:34 am
Thu October 16, 2014

I-1351: Should Washington State Spend To Lower Class Sizes?

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Bill Radke talks with KUOW Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about state Initiative 1351 to reduce class sizes.

For more KUOW elections coverage, visit the Election Connection page.  

 

 

 

Radke In The Morning
3:41 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

The Martin Luther King, Jr. You Don't Know

Dr. Martin Luther King giving his "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington in Washington, DC on August 28, 1963.
Credit Public Domain

Bill Radke talks with public radio host Tavis Smiley about the forgotten final year in the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Week In Review
1:40 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Be Patient While We Review This Week's News (It's Good Karma)

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella found himself on the receiving end of negative backlash due to his remarks on women asking for raises.
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said Thursday women are better off not asking for a raise because they’ll be rewarded in the long term. The U.S. Supreme Court considers when workers are on the clock. Plus, Amazon wants to test drones, a Seattle church protests pot next door and Bill Radke recalls the musical ride of Paul Revere with Knute Berger, Eli Sanders, Joni Balter and Luke Burbank.

Week In Review
1:13 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

This Week In Downsizing

What's to become of the waterfront when the viaduct comes down? Apparently, we're going to have to do without a barge pool.
Flickr Photo/Xurxo Martinez

Boeing reduces local defense jobs, Metro reduces bus cuts and Seattle reduces its plans on the waterfront. Plus: How are you reacting to Ebola’s arrival in the U.S.?

Bill Radke discusses these topics with Crosscut's Knute Berger, KUOW reporter Deborah Wang and Maria LaGanga, Seattle bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times.

Week In Review
1:04 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Recycle This Week’s News (Or We Will Fine You $1)

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Is Seattle going too far by making composting mandatory? Is the Northwest the best place to be in a changing climate? Is Hope Solo distracting you from the real domestic violence problem?

Bill Radke discusses these stories plus torn-up pot tickets, washed-up Mariners (maybe) and glitchy ferry clickers with Eli Sanders, Knute Berger, Joni Balter, Luke Burbank, ESPN’s Jim Caple and UW atmospheric scientist Cliff Mass.

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Radke In The Morning
1:15 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Seahawks Coin Toss: Fair? (Take Our Poll)

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch dives in for the game-winning touchdown in overtime of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday in Seattle. The Seahawks defeated the Broncos 26-20.
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Yesterday, at the end of the fourth quarter, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos were tied. That triggered overtime. The referee tossed a coin, Denver's quarterback called tails and it was heads. So Seattle got the ball, scored a touchdown -- and the game was over.

That’s it.

Denver never got the ball, never got a chance to score.

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Week In Review
2:46 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

The Comings And Goings Of This Week

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  The “Columbus” in Columbus Day is under contention and may be on its way out in favor of “Indigenous Peoples Day.” Seattle-based megachurch Mars Hill has been experiencing an exodus of attendees and has had to close several locations in the wake of recent scandals. Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat is back as a bus rider again after years away, but has found that Metro has changed.

Bill Radke reviews the week’s ins, outs, comings and goings with Joni Balter, C.R. Douglas and Luke Burbank.

Radke In The Morning
8:55 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Is Poetry For People With Short Attention Spans?

Robert Pinsky

CEO Satya Nadella told the Seattle Chamber of Commerce this week that he has a shorter attention span now that he is running Microsoft.

But now that he's busier and his attention span is limited, he has switched to reading poetry, "because it's easier."

What does a poet make of that? Bill Radke asks former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, who is in Seattle for Seattle's Favorite Poems.

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Week In Review
1:18 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Conflicted About The Week's News? We Can Help

Starbucks announced this week the company would review its "no visible tat" policy for baristas.
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Should you be insulted when billionaires bigfoot an election? Do you resent apodment dwellers, tatted-up baristas, or the NFL for dismissing domestic violence? Plus, what do you think of the activists who want to take Seattle's $15 minimum wage cross the bridge?

Bill Radke reviews the week’s news with Crosscut's Knute Berger, C.R. Douglas of Q13 FOX News and KUOW's Deborah Wang. Special guests include Seattle Times sportswriter Percy Allen and LiveWire host Luke Burbank.

Week In Review
2:09 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

School And Seahawks Are In, But Who’s On The Outs This Week?

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School is back in session. Washington state lawmakers are not in session, but they were still in the principal's office this week. Also in trouble: bikini baristas and Christopher Columbus. Bill Radke discusses it all with Joni Balter, Knute Berger, Essex Porter and Luke Burbank.

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Radke In The Morning
3:23 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Husky Football Fans: Are You Addicted To Violence?

The Roman amphitheater in Arles, France ...
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The UW home football seasons opens this Saturday, and 60,000 fans are expected at Husky Stadium to see the Huskies host the Eastern Washington Eagles.

Now imagine all those fans packed into the Montlake coliseum and screaming – not for touchdowns – but for the murder of Roman slaves.

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Week In Review
12:11 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Find Out What All The Twitching Is About This Week

Twitch interactive: not just for younger siblings any more.
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What a week! A website we've never heard of is snapped up by Amazon for a billion dollars. Called Twitch, it allows people to watch other people play video games.

Also, Weyerhaeuser announces it's moving its forest to the big city, Burger King buys out a Canadian institution and we ask, are Seahawks fans becoming spoil sports?

Bill Radke discusses those issues and more with our panel of journalists: Crosscut's Knute Berger, The Stranger's Eli Sanders, Civic Cocktail's Joni Balter and LiveWire's Luke Burbank.

Week In Review
1:08 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Grab This Week’s News Before It’s Sunk

Dive into the inky black waters of Lake Washington and you may find the oldest wreck recorded: A dozen coal trains from a wreck 139 years ago.
KUOW Photo/Jake Warga

This week, we found out what’s really at the bottom of Lake Washington. The reporter who did the story surfaces to tell us. Plus, do Seattle TV stations have the right to surveillance video of the SPU shooter? Do coal companies have the right to ship from our shores? Is it right to pay voters to vote? And was something not right with Steve Ballmer and Lakeside High School basketball?

Bill Radke asks those questions and more of this week's panel: Crosscut’s Knute Berger, The Stranger’s Eli Sanders and Maria LaGanga of the LA Times.

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Week In Review
2:21 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Ahoy-Hoy! Week In Review Live From South Lake Union

The "Week In Review" panel at the Center for Wooden Boats: Bill Radke, Knute Berger, Joni Balter and Sherman Alexie.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

KUOW's Bill Radke reviews the week's news in front of a live audience at the Center for Wooden Boats on the shores of Lake Union with Joni Balter, Knute Berger, Sherman Alexie and Luke Burbank.

The panel discusses:

  • The eyes of America turn to Ferguson, Missouri, after a police shooting. Are there any parallels to the police response to WTO in Seattle?
  • The publishing war between Amazon and Hatchette heats up. Spoiler alert: Our authorial guest has a stake in the outcome.
  • Steve Ballmer buys the LA Clippers.
  • And the Internet lights up with people dumping ice water on their heads — for a good cause.

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